Everton have confirmed that Carlo Ancelotti has a ‘full complement of players’ ahead of Saturday’s trip to face Watford, with Gylfi Sigurdsson now ‘in contention’ of featuring at Vicarage Road.
The 30-year-old had been out of action with a groin injury that caused him to miss Everton’s 1-1 draw with West Ham United (January 18), and 2-2 draw with Newcastle United (January 21).
How will Everton fare against Watford?
In addition to Sigurdsson, Richarlison and Alex Iwobi have returned from respective injuries and will be available for selection. Andre Gomes is training with the first-team in small doses while Jean-Philippe Gbamin has ‘partially re-joined’ the squad.
Ancelotti said in Thursday’s pre-match press conference: “Gylfi Sigurdsson is available, so it will be difficult to choose my line-up.” The Icelandic international has made 24 appearances in all competitions this season, scoring and creating three goals.
Fabian Delph and Morgan Schneiderlin partnered one another in midfield against Newcastle, but it remains to be seen who Ancelotti will pick against Watford. Sigurdsson has struggled for consistency this season, but he was a regular alongside Delph when fit.
The 30-year-old is a better creative outlet (39 chances, 101 crosses) than Morgan Schneiderlin (4 chances, 7 crosses) and Tom Davies (3 chances, 7 crosses) too, so he may get the nod.